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The Writer of this begs leave to add, on his own account, that he thinks himself particularly bleft by providence, in an ability to cooperate with men of fuch distinguished character and undoubted worth, as the benevolent Governors of the Magdalen-house, and to join his little, tho' imperfect services with theirs, for the promotion of so good a work. If they are pleased to estimate such services as his, at any price ; how highly must the thinking part of mankind, rate their generous actions, who not only contribute fo largely of their substance, but give their important time, thoughts and unwearied endeavours, with the most disinterested benevolence, to save, restore and bless their fellowcreatures ! If there is a more peculiar reward reserv'd for mortals, it must certainly be the lot of such exalted philanthropy. They thas turn many to righteousness shall shine as the stars for ever and ever. Their public virtues muft win the regard, and obtain the best wishes of every fincere chriftian. But what the sentiments of an heart towards them must be, which hath felt the friendly and particular influence of their private virtues, ---I will leave to the determination of the most exalted minds.

W. D.

April 1763.



LETTER I. From M. —to the Treasurer, upon hearing that a Re

lation had left her a Legacy. Honoured Sir,

S you have been so kind to give yourself the trou.

ble of enquiring about that money, and are informed, Sir, that it can be paid immediately ; I take the liberty of asking your advice, in what manner to dispose of it ; for as I have, through your kind care, no occasion for it, in my present happy situation ; and being sensible how much I have made my dear Mother fuffer upon my account, not only in regard to the grief my ill conduct has brought upon her, but also by dila treffing her in her circumstances ; think it my duty, as a small amends, to give it to her ; hoping it will make her something eafier than the is at present in her way of living. I shall hope, Sir, to be honoured with your advice, as that will be esteemed the greatest pleasure to,

Honoured Sir,
Your much obliged Servant to command,
Jan. 28, 1759.

Dear Betsey,
Do myself the pleasure to enquire after your health,

and I hope you keep in the same opinion of coming here, as nothing but your company can make me happier than I am. I can't express the comfort I go to bed with, and rise with in the morning : I often with you as happy and contented as I am.

If any cne would give me all that this world could afford to come out tomorrow, I would not; and, I am sure, if


have any regard for your future state, you will come here, and quit the way of life you are in, as a bleffing will с


certainly attend



you do. I know you have no true content, as you may be in debt where you are ; and what must you expect but misery. O dear Betsey, consider in time, for fear you should repent when it is too late. You know I would not tell you a story in regard to this happy place : but I would have you embrace the opportunity ; for the house, I believe, will be shut up on Thursday next, and I would fain prevail on you to come : for had I a mother, a filter, or a brother, I would leave them all to be here. I beg you will let me have the pleasure of seeing you between this and Monday, as I can't say so much of my mind for your good in this letter -- You never will be so happy again as long as you live; consider what a comfortable life we live here, every thing provided for us, and the best of provision : Only think what a favour it is to come here ; there is many a one would be glad of such an opportunity. Did you but know the satisfaction I have, I am sure you would make no delay : But I am afraid you are persuaded not to come. they are your foes who do it. Pray give my humble respects to Mrs. -, and tell them all I am really happy. Last night I had the joy to put on some part of my dress, which gave me great pleasure *. Pray remember me to Mrs. I will not trouble


any more, but beg you will shew this to Mrs. and Mr. and I return them thanks for all their goodness to me. I Thall expect to see you as soon as you can, which will greatly oblige,

Your sincere friend and well-wisher,
Dec. 29, 1758.

A. F.
Have altered my name.

Believe me,

* This Girl's dress, when she came in, was neat and elegant.

From S. - to Lady


Magdalen-House, Dec. 12, 1759. VERY living creature, iny dear Madam, is inti

tled to offices of humanity ; the distresses of our enemies should reconcile us to them: If they thirst, give them drink, and if they hunger, give them food : Infpired by these sentiments, be not led away by prejudices and resentments. This difpofition which, by experience, I know you to be endowed with, I hope you

I will exercise towards her, who, tho' unworthy, wishes once more to regain, if possible, your favour, and a place in your esteem. It is with these hopes I must entreat your acceptance of the enclosed, which is an order to see one, who, after all the various miseries and hardihips endured justly by my owa follies and imprudent conduct, (though fome you are not sensible have happened through the inadvertencies and rigours of my own family) have at last found a peaceful, happy and blessed refuge ; I mean the Magdalen-house, having that charity afforded me by strangers, which, joined by importunities from abler tongues than mine, hath been denied by my own relations, I dare not say friends ; and hath given great occasion to the uncharitable censures of the world I have long laboured under. As the chief end of this noble and excellent institution is to regain unhappy women to the favour of God, their parents, and friends ; every one but me are happy in that blesfing: and must I alone, by the too rigid inflexibility of my relations, be denied that, which even the most abandoned prostitute that ever entered this blessed retreat, hath now the enjoyment of ? Here daily.do we fee peo


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ple of all ranks coming to visit and congratulate without the least upbraidings, their new-found children, relations, and friends, which clears them from all anxieties; by which, with the instruction of our worthy chaplain, and a lady who deserves rather the tender appellation of a good mother to all her little family, than that of a mere matron, they are made fit to partake of that happy and blessed Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, which blessing I shall be deprived of by the fixed refolutions I find in Mrs.

and Mrs. never to forgive me ; having done my endeavours by writing to each without success of either side, which makes me intreat the favour of your company next Tuesday evening, where I hope you will hear and see that which will prevail on you to believe to be true what I have here related, more than all the arguments my mean genius could make use of to explain the excellence of it. As an order will admit two, I should esteem it as an honour if you would bring Miss P-if convenient ; if not, whom you please ; and you will much oblige, most amiable lady, Your most respectful humble servant,



From M. to her Father.
Magdalen-House, Prescot-Street, Goodman's-Fields:

Dec. 27, 1759.


Most affectionate Parent, I

HA V E sinned against heaven and before you, and

am no more worthy to be called your child; but with a heart full of grief I have once more attempted to address myself to you, imploring your pardon and


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